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RISE named to list of America's "most spirited" service projects

RISE logo May 14, 2019 -- In its inaugural year, RISE has been named by Varsity Brands as a Top 10 Finalist in the category of Most Spirited Community Service Project in the nation. This is one of 25 categories comprising the 2019 School Spirit Awards by Varsity Brands, the market leader in sport, spirit and achievement. This marks Varsity Brand’s fourth consecutive year of recognizing schools, organizations and individuals that go above and beyond the call of duty to build school pride, student engagement and community spirit.

Finalists were invited and winners announced at an awards ceremony on May 11th at the Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida. “These passionate, spirited students, faculty members and community leaders exemplify student engagement and the school spirit we see all across the country,” said Adam Blumenfeld, CEO of Varsity Brands. “And, importantly, this is the kind of positive energy that, in turn, yields better school and student performance.  Nicole Lauchaire, Executive Director of the Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards, added, “These unsung heroes are absolutely essential to reinforcing the strong correlation between school spirit, involvement, achievement and self-confidence. We are honored to recognize them and their positive contributions across the country.”

According to the nomination essay, RISE is a semester-long service learning project of Vestavia Hills High School supporting the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB, one of the nation’s leading research and treatment centers. RISE is a unifying force at the school, an opportunity for every single student to be engaged in a meaningful way. RISE stands for Rebels Impact through Service and Engagement.